English Premiership

Mata calls for focus

2015-05-04 10:47
Juan Mata (AFP)

Cape Town - Manchester United slumped to their third successive defeat on Saturday and the side must focus on "being effective" says Spanish international Juan Mata.

Mata, speaking on his blog, says the loss at home "was neither easy nor happy" with the in-form play-maker eager to see the fortunes of the Red Devils improve.

The former Chelsea player said on his blog: 

"Obviously, when you lose you are in a bitter mood until the next game, so I hope the week goes by quickly and we can revert this bad streak of results.

"I said the weekend wasn’t good for several reasons… Obviously the 0-1 at Old Trafford is a tough score for us and we are forced to win as soon as possible: our rivals ahead keep adding points, and also the teams behind are getting closer. It’s the tendency of the last few weeks: we have more ball possession that our opponent and create chances but we aren’t able to take them. We must focus on being effective because we haven’t scored in the last few games and we can’t afford it any longer. On Saturday we tried until the end but their goalkeeper was brilliant…

"There are three finals remaining and, as I said above, I hope we can change this streak as soon as possible. Our next game is in London against Crystal Palace. It would be good to repeat the same score of last season."

Mata also had kind words for ex-teammate Rio Ferdinand following the passing of his wife, Rebecca.

"Unfortunately, the other reason that makes these days complicated is the passing of Rio Ferdinand’s wife, Rebecca. Rio and his family left an indelible memory in this club and all of us are deeply saddened by her death… I send all my support to him and to his family at this painful moment, same as our fans did during the game… Rest in peace Rebecca." wrote Mata.

Mata again congrulated the Blues on a fine league campaign but still hopes that his ex-colleagues will be passing on similar messages to him next season.

"Back to football, Chelsea are officially the Premier League champions. I had congratulated my former team-mates already and I do it again: you have been the most consistent team this season. I hope the congratulations are to us the next year" added Mata.

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